PRO­FILE

Chris Dunlavy ex­am­ines the ca­reer of Birm­ing­ham’s Paul Robin­son

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Born: Wat­ford, 1978 (Age 38) A left-back, Robin­son made his Wat­ford de­but, aged 17, in Oc­to­ber 1996. He made 252 ap­pear­ances for the Hor­nets, scor­ing nine goals and win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Premier League in 1999.

With Wat­ford in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty, he was sold to West Brom for £350,000 in 2003 and won pro­mo­tion to the top flight in his first cam­paign. Dur­ing his time at the Hawthorns, West Brom re­jected bids of £1.4m from Wat­ford and £1.7m from Wi­gan, with Robin­son even­tu­ally clock­ing

up 235 games in six sea­sons with the Bag­gies.

Fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship in 2009, Robin­son made a £1m switch to Bolton and played

a fur­ther 77 Premier League games, also reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the 2011 FA Cup.

Rel­e­ga­tion and re­lease in 2012 led to Robin­son play­ing ten games for Leeds, then tri­alling at Toronto, be­fore se­cond-tier Birm­ing­ham made a firm of­fer. He has since played 142 games for the Blues, scor­ing four goals.

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